‘All My Children’ Star Moves to ‘Bold & the Beautiful’

Jacob Young Returns to “The Bold & the Beautiful”

The original Rick Forrester is heading back to “The Bold & the Beautiful.” Jacob Young is opting to return to his first soap role rather than continue to play J.R. on “All My Children” when the soap moves to the internet. Young told TV Guide why he decided to come back to B&B.”To let this opportunity pass me by in a time of uncertainty is just kind of silly. I couldn’t wait around.” Rick was most recently played by Kyle Lowder. In his most recent incarnation, Rick had a rivalry with Ridge. This time, Young says that, “Rick will return with some very heavy involvement.”

Young will first appear on B&B on Monday, September 26th, the first weekday after AMC airs its finale on Friday, September 23rd. September 26th is also the day that Drake Hogestyn and Deidre Hall return to “Days of Our Lives.” I don’t recall other soaps attempting to recruit “As the World Turns” and “Guiding Light” fans this aggressively. I think it’s great that daytime producers are thinking strategically.

Marcie and Michael Return to “One Life To Live”

Add Kathy Brier (Marcie) and Chris Stack (Michael) to the list of former “One Life to Live” stars who will return before the show’s finale. Michael and Marcie will first appear in October. Could they be returning for the wedding Michael’s brother John (Michael Easton) and Natalie (Melissa Archer)?  That is pure speculation, but if John has not figured out that he’s Liam’s father by October, he needs to resign from the police force.

Eminent Executives Joins Prospect Park

Rumor has it that production company Prospect Park will soon reveal some details about its plans to continue “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” on the internet, and possibly cable.  Tuesday, the company issued a press release to announce that former CEO of internet giant VeriSign Stratton Scavlos is joining the company. According to the release, “In his new role as a partner, executive and board member, Sclavos will advise the network on technology, infrastructure and overall content delivery.” Mike Kwatinetz, a major venture capitalist who serves on the boards of several large tech companies is also joining Prospect Park’s board of directors.

These hirings have no direct impact on the soaps, but shows that the proposed Prospect Park is serious about developing the first true on-line television network and has both the financial resources and the technical expertise to make it happen.  In the press release, Scavlos states, “I believe that we have the breakthrough formula for delivering the first online channel for high quality, first-run long form content.”

I am impressed that Propect Park is keeping fans in the loop about behind-the-scenes corporate decisions. This is the sort of announcement that would typically only go to business reporters, not entertainment journalists. I suspect that quite a few network executives doubt daytime fans have the intellectual aptitude to understand the business aspect of the entertainment industry. Prospect Park seems to realize that fans who have spent decades watching fictional tycoons Adam Chandler and Asa Buchanan know what a Board of Directors is.

General Hospital Bends the Time and Space Continuum

Last Thursday and Friday, “General Hospital” featured a very funny sequence in which Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) and Diane (Carolyn Hennesy) get drunk and end up playing strip pool with Coleman (Blake Gibbons). At the end of Friday’s episode, Mac (John York) walked in on the three of them in what appeared to be a compromising position. Friday also ended with Sonny (Maurice Benard) showing up at Robin’s (Kimberly McCullough) house to confront Jax about his five minute kidnapping of his own daughter. Monday, there was no Alexis, Diane or Mac. Sonny pulled a gun on Jax and threatened to kill him, got talked down by Robin, returned to his office, had a conversation with Max, and got arrested by Dante (Dominic Zamprogna).I estimate all of those activities must have taken at least an hour.

Tuesday, Alexis, Diana and Mac picked up right where they left off Friday. Huh? Is Helena Cassadine embarking on a diabolical plot to stop time, and starting with her hated step-daughter, Alexis? I recognize that time is a nebulous concept on soaps. The night of Jason’s car accident/Josslyn’s kidnapping/Lucky’s drug trip seems to have lasted over a week. There can only be so many storylines in a given episode, so sometimes plots are dropped for a day or two, then picked up later. Usually, however, there is some dialogue that makes it clear that time has past. Due to timing issues, occasionally scenes may end up being moved from one episode to another. But the strip pool time freeze was glaring. Other than that, they were some of the best scenes since headwriter Garin Wolfe took over the show.  I loved Diane referring to Mac’s coat as a “body condom.”

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It was refreshing to see a couple of female friends having a good time, and supporting each other. The scenes were more than just comic relief, as Alexis and Coleman began a bit of an unconventional flirtation and Diane had surprising chemistry with Max.

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